Tonight, the Oxford Union in the UK proudly welcomes a renowned US anti-gay hate preacher who is currently being sued for helping to orchestrate the persecution of LGBT people in Uganda.
A man who has been quoted as saying:
“The gay movement is an evil institution.”
“The Nazis were Super-Macho [gays]... the Storm Troopers are the ones that helped Hitler come to power at the beginning. The ones that would go and smash windows, y’know, the jackbooted thugs type. You also see them in prisons. Super Machos are very often brutish, brutish, animalistic men that want to hurt other people. There’s no mercy in them... They are so far from normalcy that they are killers. They are serial killers. Mass murderers... This is the kind of person it takes to run a gas chamber, or to do a mass murder, like the Rwandan stuff...”
“If you deny and reject the design of your own body [by being gay]... then you are going to receive, in your body, the penalty of your error, which is appropriate – can anyone say AIDS?”
"Nobody has been able to stop them [homosexuals] so far, I’m hoping Uganda can."
“On the positive side, my host and ministry partner in Kampala, Stephen Langa, was overjoyed with the results of our efforts and predicted confidently that the coming weeks would see significant improvement in the moral climate of the nation, and a massive increase in pro-family activism in every social sphere. He said that a respected observer of society in Kampala had told him that our campaign was like a nuclear bomb against the "gay" agenda in Uganda. I pray that this, and the predictions, are true”.
Of only ten anti-gay organisations designated ‘hate organisations’ by the Southern Poverty Law Centre in America, Scott Lively is directly involved with three of them: Abiding Truth Ministries, Watchmen on the Walls and the School of Christian Activism.
Despite appeals from representatives of both the House of Lords and House of Commons, UK Home Secretary, Theresa May, who has the power to stop Lively entering the country, has refused to even respond.
The Home Office recently threatened to ban Ugandan politicians if the bill is passed, yet seems quite happy to welcome orchestrators of the bill in the meantime.
Levels of disgust at Lively's appearance are rising, with a recent Guardian article:
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